x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Taiwanese Tiger Woods is taking the US by storm

Yani Tseng, 22, won the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes on Sunday and is destined for big things in women's golf.

Yani Tseng carded a 19 under at the LPGA Championship last Sunday.
Yani Tseng carded a 19 under at the LPGA Championship last Sunday.

When Yani Tseng reached the turn at the LPGA Championship on Sunday's final round with a 10-shot lead there was only one thought in her mind.

And it was not about keeping her cool and to make sure nothing silly happened down the straight on her way to what would be a fourth major title at the age of 22.

"I was like, 'what's a new goal for me?' Tseng later said. "And that's why I told myself I wanted to set a major record; to make 20 under. So that's what I tried to do."

The young woman from Taiwan missed that target by a single stroke but she is already being referred as the Tiger Woods in woman's golf.

Tseng's statistics last week in Rochester, New York confirmed her dominance. She hit 38 of 56 fairways, 57 of 72 greens and needed just 111 putts. She had one three-putt all week, on No 13 during Sunday's procession. She won by 10 strokes, with a score of 19 under, and led from tee to green.

"The Taiwanese Tiger", as she is being called by some, has the US Women's Open in Colorado next week and then three weeks later she will be at Carnoustie in Scotland to try to retain the women's British Open crown.

Win those two and Tseng will become the youngest man or woman to achieve a career Grand Slam of all four majors (she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2010) and cement her reputation as a superstar.

Few in the women's game dispute Tseng is on the verge of etching her name in history.

Annika Sorenstam retired with 10 major wins and was considered the best woman to ever hold a golf club. "Yani is the new face of the LPGA," she said. "If she has any flaws in her game, any weaknesses, then I can't see them.

"She is getting better in terms of course management and now, if a putt doesn't drop, she lets it go and her concentration isn't affected. There are a lot more major wins in her. She has won three of the last six and that is an incredible record. She's not finished."

Tseng is so keen to follow in her idol's footsteps she bought Sorenstam's Florida house earlier this year. She is clearly taking America by storm.

"Yani is pretty unbelievable," Cristie Kerr, the Florida-born golfer who won the LPGA Championship last year," said. "I played with her when she was 15, over in Korea, and we all knew she was going to be good. But I didn't know she would be this good."

 

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